Up for sale, a 1967 Gibson ES-345TD in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. One of Gibson's premier semi-hollowbody models finished in its original custom color Sparkling Burgundy nitro lacquer finish, the ES-345TD is an upscale version of the 335, with gold hardware and a six-position Varitione tone selector rotary switch, rewired for mono operation. This ES-345 has a feel that is instantly comfortable and intuitive, delivering a vibrant and well-rounded acoustic tone that translates flawlessly through the original patent sticker pre-T Top humbuckers.
Through your favorite tube amp, these original hand-wound patent sticker humbuckers have a richness and complexity that's reminiscent of the PAFs that came before them, and there's a delightfully clear and chiming quality from the bridge pickup with a sinewy top end snap and touch of growl. In contrast, the neck humbucker has a mellowness, warmth, and bloom to the notes that's ideal for complex Jazz chord voicings or thickening up an overdriven lead line. The original Varitone circuitry is intact, and engaging this rotary switch provides access to five very distinct tones (sixth position bypasses the Varitone) that accentuate midrange or conversely scoop those frequencies for great quack and a certain hollowness that can add distinction when fingerpicking. This ES-345TD weighs 8lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar with 11-49 roundwound strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a particularly round and substantial medium C profile carve with generous shoulders in every register and more heft as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and .990" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features split trapezoid pearl inlays, and the guitar as been professionally refretted with medium jumbo fretwire which has ample height and well-rounded crowns, showing only very faint wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-7. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut has been upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal clarity and sustain, measuring 1 9/16" in width. On the headstock, the original gold Kluson Deluxe double line tuning machines are intact with greened tulip buttons, along with a cleanly inlaid Gibson logo and original "Stereo" truss rod cover.
All of the electronics work as they should and both pre-T Top pickups retain their original clean patent stickers on the baseplates, with unbroken solder joints on the covers. Hardware includes a modern Gibson ABR-1 bridge and the original trapeze tailpiece, while all of the original plastics are accounted for including the quartet of clean gold reflector cap knobs with gold inserts, Varitone dial, and multi-ply black pickguard.
In terms of cosmetic wear, the guitar shows pitch perfect aging of the custom color Sparkling Burgundy finish, and the guitar retains the deeper original shade of red beneath the pickguard, on the upper body horn, and adjacent to the pickups and bridge, as well as on a couple isolated spots on the back. The majority of the lacquer has aged to a rich golden hue on the body, while the neck profile shows prominent lacquer checking and a bit more greening of the finish, with wear limited to just a few extremely faint marks on the profile length. Cosmetic wear is quite restrained on the body, with some requisite pick scuffing across the guard, lacquer checking, and a few additional minor nicks and scuffs.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included and extremely clean with well-kept black leather trim and a gold "Gibson" silkscreen on the exterior. The original latches function as intended, and the stock handle is intact.